Charlie Drinkwater - Creative Director, Island Records
Charlie Drinkwater is Creative Manager at Island Records. At Island Charlie is responsible for helping artists explore, develop and maintain their visual identities through art direction and design across all mediums. Charlie works as part of Studio Island , Island’s in house creative and design team, who work label wide with managers, A&R's and marketing on artist projects as diverse as U2, Sigrid, Drake, JP Cooper, and Sean Paul to name a few.
Diane Smyth - Editor, BJP Online
Diane Smyth is the Editor of BJP Online, and has also written for publications such as Aperture, Foam, Creative Review and Communication Arts magazine. In 2015 she curated an exhibition of music photography for The Photographers’ Gallery called We Want More, and she has also curated and co-curated shows for the Lianzhou International Foto Festival and the Flash Forward Festival. Diane has given lectures at many institutions, including University of Sussex and London College of Communications, and has judged and nominated for awards such as the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and the First Book Award organised by Mack Books.
Emma Lewis - Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art, Tate Modern
Emma Lewis is Assistant Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, where she curates exhibitions and displays and researches photography acquisitions for the international collection. Recent projects include the exhibition Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 and catalogue essays for Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art and The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection. She is currently curating the first UK exhibition dedicated to Dora Maar, and co-organising a conference on women in photography.
Emma’s book ‘Understanding Photography’ – a look at image-making from the first photographic processes to the post-internet age – was published by Bloomsbury in 2017. @_emmalewis___
Frederique Destribas - Publisher, The Sunday Publisher & Photographer's References
Frédérique Destribats is a publisher, photography book collector and author based in Paris. She is a professional translator specialised in art and photography collaborating with various international publishers (Aperture/PhotoBookReview, Artpress, Dalpine, Filigranes, Journal, Editions La Martinière, Metabooks, RVB Books, Steidl Verlag, The Eyes, 10×10 Photobooks, Editions Textuel…); institutions (Musée de L’Elysée/ELSE magazine, Carré d’Art Nîmes, Musée d’art contemporain MCA Sydney); galleries (Galerie 1900-2000, Priska Pasquer) ; and artists (BöhmKobayashi, Sophie Calle, Vincent Jendly, Laurent Kronantal, Jeanne Susplugas).
She has recently initiated an editorial platform, L’éditeur du dimanche / The Sunday Publisher, dedicated to publishing challenging artists books. Under the imprint, d&books, publications include INDEX by Antoine d’Agata (2014, editor and co-published with Editions André Frère ; Je n’ai plus peur du noir, by Suzanne Magre and Julien Magre ( 2016, co-editor et alli and co-publisher with Filigranes); Other Adventures of Pinochio by Lorenzo Tricoli (co-editor and co-publisher for the English version).
Recently released, the projects of two distinctive emerging photographers, Moshe by Sandrine Lopez and Ecume by Isidora Gajic. The platform is also home to the collection, Photographers’References (in collaboration with Baptiste Lignel), a series of long-term conversations with internationally renowned artists, including David Goldblatt (2014) and Richard Misrach (2016). The next conversations with Joachim Schmid will be released in 2017.
Editorial contributions include:
The PhotoBookReview, Aperture, Paris Photo, issue 11, Fall 2016, on photobooks for children; “The Puzzle of Absence (Reading Notes)”, in Out of the Blue by Virginie Rebetez, published by Metabooks, 2016.
She recently co-edited the magazine Co-Curate #2, Adolescences, published by Isabelle Evertse (2017).
PHOTO CREDIT: © Bogdan Konopka
Kate Edwards - Photo Editor, The Guardian Weekend Magazine
Kate Edwards has been picture editor of the Guardian Weekend magazine for over 12 years. She has been a judge on a variety of photography awards, including World Press Photo, and been a reviewer at national and international photography festivals.
Matthew Beaman - Photography Director, Monocle Magazine
Photography Editor at Monocle, commissioning photography editor with comprehensive experience in producing and art directing photography and film, for editorial and commercial projects.
Max Ferguson - Photography Director, Port Magazine
Max is a photographer, writer and curator. He is the Founding Editor of Splash & Grab Magazine, the Director of Photography of Port Magazine and Port Creative and a freelance Photo Editor at the Financial Times Weekend Magazine. Recent clients include The British Journal of Photography, Leagas Delaney, BBH and Next Level Projects. In 2014 his photographs on the Rwandan genocide were exhibited in a solo show entitled Ndi Umunyarwanda / We Are Rwandan. He has curated photography and contemporary art exhibitions while working with contemporary art galleries in London. He graduated with a degree in Photography from the University of the West of England in 2012. Max currently lives and works in London.
Laura Noble - Gallery Owner
Laura Noble is the Director of L A Noble Gallery (LANG) in London. She is also a curator and author of The Art Of Collecting Photography, with primary essays in many monographs including Form & Function – Chloe Rosser, 2018 At Home with the Furries - Tom Broadbent, 2018, Estate - Robert Clayton, 2015, In Paradiso, Deborah Baker, 2014, Hidden Identities: Unfinished - Yvonne De Rosa, 2013, and many more.
She is a nominator for the global Prix Pictet Prize and also an Ambassador for the Royal Photographic Society’s 100 Heroines project and Docking Station in Amsterdam as well as being a judge on many photographic competitions & residency programmes.
She curates at LANG and independently and also lectures on all aspects of collecting photography, professional and gallery practice worldwide. As an avid collector, Laura prides herself on discovering new talent and writes extensively on photography in numerous journals.
Mariama Attah - Assistant Editor, FOAM Magazine
Mariama Attah is a photography curator and editor, with a particular interest in the power of photography to re-present visual culture. Mariama is currently Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine. Previously she was Programme Curator at Photoworks and was responsible for developing and programming exhibitions and events, including Brighton Photo Biennial and the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. She was also commissioning and managing editor of Photoworks Annual, published yearly.
Martin Usborne - Director, Hoxton Mini Press
Hoxton Mini Press was founded in 2013 by Martin Usborne and Ann Waldvogel and is an independent publisher making collectable art books about East London. We think that Hackney and its surroundings are the city's most exciting and vibrant areas.
We also think that art books should be accessible. We work with the best photographers, illustrators and writers (both established and upcoming) to make books so beautiful and charming you'll keep them for your grandchildren. We also sell limited edition prints on fine paper at reasonable prices.
Aine Donovan - Production Director and Partner, BBH
I am an Irish producer living and working in London and founder of They Made This online visual art journal and print shop. Clients I have worked with include Christies, The Economist, Clarks, Guinness, Guardian, RFU, Pepsi, Sainsbury’s, British Airways, DFT, Sol, Sparks, Google, Adidas, Gatorade, Royal Mail, BT, Doritos, Kids Company, National Lottery, Met police and Barclays.I have judged several photographic and illustrative awards and given talks on commissioning photography and illustration.
Maxine Hose - Producer at Town Productions for Grey London
Maxine has been an Art Buyer for 15 years, starting her career at Leo Burnett. After spending 8 wonderful years there, she moved to Grey London, where she headed up the Art Buying department at the pinnacle point when Grey turned from industry dinosaur to one of the most awarded agencies in London. A year later, the Project Management and Art Buying departments transitioned to Creative Production.
Always changing and adapting to the metamorphosing production landscape, she made the move to Senior Creative Producer, working across Luxury Fragrance Brands, such as Hugo Boss and Stella McCartney, for more than 4 years. This afforded her to work with some of the most prestigious photographers in the industry, such as Mert & Marcus, Guy Aroch and Mikael Jansson. In this time Maxine has also sat on the judging panels for D&AD, AOP and YCA.
More recently, on seeing the industry evolve, Maxine decided to set her sights on retraining and becoming a TV Producer, making her a fully integrated producer. Maxine now heads up Production for Pantene Europe at Town Production, the new production company servicing Grey London.
Mirjam Kooiman - Curator, FOAM
Mirjam Kooiman is an art historian and curator at Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam, where she was responsible for shows including Ai Weiwei - #SafePassage, Daisuke Yokota – Matter, Awoiska van der Molen – Blanco, and the Foam Talent editions of 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she also initiated a series of collaborations with photography platforms in Mexico, Nigeria and Indonesia in Foam’s project space Foam 3h, in order to create an exchange of cultural knowledge on photography discourses worldwide. She is currently researching how photography can relate to virtual realities, gaming and online experiences. Mirjam holds a BA in Art History and a MA in Museum Curating from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies. She previously served as a curator in training at the photography collection of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. She has written for L'Internationale and she is a regular contributor to Foam Magazine.
Neil Wissink - Photography Director, WaterAid
Neil Wissink is the Photography Manager for international development NGO WaterAid, where he commissions and promotes WaterAid’s photography, in addition to training staff in WaterAid’s offices around the world in photography skills, and shooting for WaterAid both in the UK and in the field. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Photography MA, Neil also has a background in fine art and artist’s moving image, and undertakes a range of commissioned and personal projects.
Peta Bell - Photo Editor, Wellcome Trust
Peta is a native Londoner who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2006 and has been working as a commissioning picture editor, Art director and creative producer ever since. After joining the Times newspaper, she picture edited their luxury supplement LUXX for five years, which allowed her to collaborate with some of her photography heroes and meet a few film stars. Since then she has produced content for the British Fashion Council, AnOther Magazine, Elle and NET-A-PORTER, Porter Magazine, Harvey Nichols among others.
She currently holds the position of Art director of Mosicscience.com, a long form digital platform by Wellcome Trust where she commissions for a broad selection of visuals based around health, medicine and science using her experience of working on fashion content to create new and interesting ways of visualising scientific themes. She also commissions and produces photoshoots for Wellcome based on Wellcome’s priority projects including a long term project with Saiyna Bashir in Pakistan and Etionsa Yvonne in Nigeria documenting the WOMAN trials and Tranexamic Acid; an effective treatment for postpartum haemorrhaging and still lives with John Gribben exploring Drug resistant infections with a conceptual twist.
Peta is also part of the Wellcome Photography Prize team where her main duty is commissioning a photography project based around a topic Wellcome is passionate about, the 2019 theme being “outbreaks” where she worked with photographer Adrienne Surprenant exploring the causes, effects and scientific solutions for Mosquito born disease Dengue, a selection of this project will be exhibited at the Lethaby Gallery, Kings Cross in June 2019 as part of Wellcome Photography Prize.
Tim Clark - Editor and Curator, 1000 Words Magazine
Tim Clark is a curator, writer and since 2008, has been Editor in Chief and Director at 1000 Words, which was nominated for Photography Magazine of the Year at the Lucie Awards 2014 and 2016.
He has also previously held the positions of Associate Curator at Media Space, The Science Museum in London, Artistic Director of Photo Oxford 2017 (together with Greg Hobson), Curator of Photo50 for London Art Fair 2019 and Guest Curator of FORMAT International Photography Festival 2019. Clark has curated numerous solo exhibitions of artists such as Alec Soth, Julia Margaret Cameron, Martin Parr, Mariken Wessels, Edgar Martins and Peter Watkins. Group exhibitions have included Mutable: Multiple (2019), co-curated with Louise Fedotov-Clements, featuring Max Pinckers, Edgar Martins, Virginie Rebetez, Anne Golaz, Stefanie Moshammer and Amani Willett; Who’s looking at the family, now? (2019) including works by Erik Kessels, Mariela Sancari, Trish Morrissey, Lebohang Kganye, Jonny Briggs and Leonie Hampton, among others; Lexicon of Crime (2017) presenting works by Sergei Vasiliev and Arkady Bronnikov from The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive; and Rebecoming (2014) featuring Tereza Zelenkova, Lucy Levene, Virgilio Ferreira and Henrik Malmstrom.
He writes widely for the likes of FOAM, TIME Lightbox, Photoworks, Objectiv and The British Journal of Photography, as well as in exhibition catalogues and publications for the Barbican, Archive of Modern Conflict, Jerwood Visual Arts Foundation and Skinnerboox. Media outlets such as The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Wallpaper*, Vice, and BBC have profiled his work. Clark is Associate Lecturer on the MA in Photography at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano, and also recently led the first Photography & Curation short course at The Photographers’ Gallery, London in partnership with London College of Communication.
Sarah Allen - Assistant Curator, Tate Modern
Sarah Allen is a photography specialist. She is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern where she curates displays and exhibitions as well as researching acquisitions for the international collection. She has recently curated Martin Parr (2018), Mark Ruwedel (2018), Daido Moriyama (2017), Kaveh Golestan (2017) and Gyorgy Kepes (2017) as well as the thematic displays 1968 Protest and the Photobook (2018), Iranian photobooks (2017) and integrated displays featuring Stephen Shore (2017) and Shunk-Kender (2016).
She has a specialist focus on photobooks and is curator of the Martin Parr photobook collection. She is currently working on the major exhibition Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art.
Before taking up her role at Tate she worked in several museums and galleries including The Photographers' Gallery, London, The Hugh Lane, Dublin and The Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York.
Steve Peck - Director of Photography, Wired Magazine
Working as Director of Photography Steve commissions content across all print and digital editions, social media and events, art directing photographers and planning photo shoots in locations around the world – from African deserts to Silicon Valley headquarters to top-secret military bases.Steve started his career in 1998 working as Picture Editor at IPC's long-running Melody Maker.
He moved on to similar roles at respected music titles NME and Mojo before becoming Q magazine's Director of Photography.In 2008 he joined Condé Nast as part of the launch team for WIRED magazine's multi award-winning UK edition.
Steve's ongoing portfolio can be seen at http://wireduk.tumblr.com/
Chris Maddaloni - Photo Editor, NATURE
I am currently the Managing Photo Editor at Nature, commissioning portraiture and reportage for science-based stories across the globe. I have more than a decade of experience, both as a photojournalist and photo editor. Throughout my career, I’ve covered a wide variety of subjects – from the U.S. Presidential campaign trail to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – and have freelanced for a wide variety of newspapers and wire agencies – such as The New York Times, AFP, and Getty.
Andrew Sanigar - Commissioning Editor, Thames & Hudson
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Dagmar Seeland- Photo Editor, Stern
Dagmar Seeland is the UK Photo Editor of the German weekly Stern magazine. She proposes story and feature ideas, commissions and buys work for STERN and contributes to its associated titles. She is also Director of K&R Media Ltd, a full-service correspondents' office with a list of predominantly German and Swiss publications.
Dimitri Beck - Photography Director, Polka Magazine
Dimitri Beck is the director of photography of Polka. Dimitri has been part of the executive management of Polka, based in Paris since its beginning in 2008, contributing to the development of the magazine, gallery and website, including the magazine’s new feature-rich iPad version. Dimitri lectures on photojournalism at conferences and educational institutes. Prior to working at Polka, from 2004 till end of 2006, he was the Director of the Aina Photo Agency based in the Afghan capital Kabul and the editor-in-chief for the Anglo-French feature magazine Les Nouvelles de Kaboul - New Afghanistan. Before that he was the editor-in-chief of Reza's photo agence Webistan. Dimitri started working as a freelance journalist abroad and regularly across Central Asia and Caucasus mountains.
Eleanor Farmer - Creative Producer, Oxfam
Emanuela Mirabelli - Photo Editor, Marie Claire Italia
Since 2003, Emanuela is the photo editor of Marie Claire Italy magazine, where she publishes a huge variety of works, from classic reportages to new languages in contemporary photography, as well fine art portfolios and a huge variety of authors, from new talents to internationally acclaimed photographers.
Born in Milan, she has always been intrigued by all that is expressed through the images. After high school she started to write movie reviews for magazines, while studying art history at the University. She worked for Photo magazine and then became the executive director of Carla Sozzani Gallery, the leading photography gallery in Milan.
Emanuela also writes texts and holds various lectures about photography and courses about photo editing. She does portfolio reviews in many festivals and she is a jury member of international photo awards.
Emmanuelle Peri - Photography Director, Bookmark
Emmanuelle Peri is the Photography Director at Bookmark London, overseeing the creation of visual content for brands such as American Express, Christie’s, Fabric Magazine, Tesco, Standard Life and Patek Philippe. She commissions and art directs in-depth travel and architecture photography essays, portraiture and still life, as well as documentary.
Educated in Art History & Museology at the Sorbonne and École du Louvre in Paris, Emmanuelle is committed to enabling new talents to emerge and is most interested in work with a strong editorial and artistic focus. She likes to nurture a dynamic working relationship with photographers, encouraging a collaborative creativity to develop.
Particularly keen to see unusual ideas for travel, arts and architecture photo assignments.
Gemma Padley - Writer and Photo Editor
Gemma Padley is a writer and editor on photography whose clients include British Journal of Photography, Elephant, AnOthermag.com, Photoworks, 1000 Words, the RPS Journal and Professional Photography, among others. She has also written for Time LightBox, The Telegraph, Foam, Huck, LensCulture, and the BBC’s In Pictures. Gemma is currently working with Laurence King Publishing and Eamonn McCabe on a book about aerial photography and has contributed to titles that include Self Publish, Be Happy’s A DIY Photobook Manual And Manifesto co-published by Aperture, 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die, and the forthcoming Portrait of Britain publication with Hoxton Mini Press and British Journal of Photography. She also writes introductions for photobooks, which include: Nicholas JR White’s Black Dots, Emily Stein’s Bubblegum and Julian Mährlein’s London Youth.
Georgia Lawson - Producer and Art Buyer, Mother London
Gerry Brakus - Creative Editor, New Statesman
Gerry Brakus is Creative Editor of New Statesman and commissions both reportage and portrait photography for the magazine. Previously, she spent 12 years at The Independent where she was Deputy Picture Editor. Gerry started her career at House & Garden magazine, Conde Nast some 20 years ago and moved on to picture edit the arts and fashion pages of The Times. Gerry has worked on numerous other publications, including both the Daily Star and Tatler magazine. She is passionate about photography and is continually searching for original and fresh work in an ever more saturated digital world.
Kimberly Hoang - Picture Editor, British Red Cross
I am Kimberly Hoang, an Art Buyer, Picture Editor and Multi-Media Personality. Currently I’m a Freelance Picture Editor at British Red Cross where I undertake reportage/documentary/portraiture (National and Global commissions) with over 20 years’ experience in this industry and a former creative producer at Geometry Global. Additionally, for over 10 years I have been working for The Guardian Newspapers as the Creative and Senior Picture Editor with strong conceptual, visual language and ability to translate this into award-winning campaigns across digital and print platforms. I have also been extensively working as Creative Director for Image and Space a Beijing based company who deal with Image on demand.
Lewis Chaplin - Founding Director, Loose Joints
Lewis Chaplin is an artist, publisher and award-winning designer from London. Alongside Sarah Piegay Espenon, Chaplin co-runs Loose Joints, an independent publishing house and design studio. Sarah & Lewis have designed and published books by Harley Weir, Robin Friend, Bobby Doherty, Bharat Sikka, Marton Perlaki, Samara Scott and many more. They also design titles for various institutions and publishers including Thames & Hudson, Aperture, the V&A, Hatje Cantz and Tate Publishing. Lewis was head designer at MACK from 2015-17.From 2009 to 2014, Chaplin co-ran Fourteen Nineteen with Alex F. Webb, a project dedicated to supporting young photography. He was also an organiser of the Copeland Book Market, an annual event for printed matter which ran from 2010-2015. Recent personal projects include Mercury, an exhibition of a research project about Tristan da Cunha, at Roaming Projects in Jan 2017; and 2041, an artist book made in collaboration with an anonymous concealment fetishist, published by Here Press.
Louisa Frost - Senior Art Producer, AMV BBDO
Louisa is a Senior Art Producer based in London. After completing a Masters in Illustration at Central Saint Martins her love for everything creative led her into the world of advertising where she has worked at some of London’s biggest ad agencies including BBH, adam&eveDDB and now AMV. She commissions photography and illustration - producing work for clients including British Airways, Sol, Vespa, O2, John Lewis, You Tube and Guinness. She has a passion for Mexican culture, neon colours, fairgrounds and travel.
Tony Bell - Picture Editor, The Observer New Review
Tony Bell is a picture editor on the Observer New Review where he commissions mainly portraits & features for both print & online.
He has been at the Observer for over 12 years.
Krishna Seth - Photo Editor & Art Buyer
Krishna Sheth is a Art Buyer and a Director of Photography, commissioning for print and web content for a variety of clients, including the Financial Times, Telegraph Media Group, Airbnb, The Robb Report and Raffles as well as book publishers and individual luxury clients.Krishna has more than 23 years’ experience of commissioning photography and photo research; She was Deputy Photography Director at the Telegraph Magazine for 17 years and a key player in building the visual profile of the magazine. Krishna specialises in editorial and contract publishing, dealing directly with newspapers, magazines and commercial clients.
She is also a tutor on the MA Photography online for Falmouth University and lectures at various universities. She is Chair Judge for pre-selection for all Sony World Photography Awards. Krishna also reviews portfolios and book dummies and is passionate in raising awareness for emerging talent in the industry.
Maysa Moroni - Photo Editor, Internazionale
Maysa Moroni is an italian photo editor, born in Milan but living in Rome since 2003.She works for the independent weekly magazine Internazionale. Internazionale publishes the world quality press translated into italian.Before Internazionale she attended Riccardo Bauer photography school in Milan, traveled across the world as an assistant photographer, worked for Franca Speranza photography agency, Contrasto photojournalism agency and she was photoeditor for L’Espresso Editorial Group and for Left Avvenimenti weekly magazine. She run an advanced photo editing class organized by Internazionale and Luiss university in Rome, she was president of jury for G. Tabò prize during Fotoleggendo and she sometimes gives lectures about her job and about the making of Internazionale cover.
Ivy Lahon - Photography Director, Save The Children
Ivy Lahon is Managing Picture Editor of Save The Children and commissions reportage and creative documentary photography and film worldwide. With over 15 years experience in the industry, Ivy has produced large scale long term photography projects and film shoots in the field. Prior to moving to NGO’s, Ivy worked as Associate Picture Editor at The Independent and ‘i’ paper for ten years commissioning news, portraiture and features photography during some of the biggest breaking global news stories of the decade. In the past she has picture edited for The Guardian and Time Out and spent 2 years working with Amnesty International on photographic projects including the first book by former Amnesty Secretary General Irene Khan and the imagery for Amnesty’s 50th anniversary in 2011. She has lectured in Photojournalism and is a mentor for young photographers at the London College of Communication. She is interested in new takes on classic photojournalism, innovative ways of humanitarian storytelling and the cross over between fine art and documentary photography.
Andy Greenacre - Photography Director, Telegraph Magazine
Andy Greenacre has more than twenty years experience as a picture editor and researcher and is currently the Picture Editor at The Telegraph Magazine in London. He has worked with all manner of photographers, young and old, established names through to recent graduates. He is well-versed in commissioning for portraiture, celebrity, documentary, food and lifestyle and has an extensive contacts book that spans photographers, agents, locations and stylists around the world. Andy worked at Magnum Photos in London from 1994-98, first in the archive as a researcher before moving on to run the editorial department, representing Magnum photographers in the UK and Germany.
Claire Wearn - Curator, Photoworks
Claire is the Photoworks Curator and has worked as a creative producer with photographers, commissioning organisations and festivals for over 15 years. Previous work highlights include: Black Country Stories with Multistory and Martin Parr (2010-2014); Open for Business with Multistory and Magnum Photos (2011-2012); Pictures from America: Rochester with Magnum Photos (2012); Ex-offenders with Multistory and David Goldblatt (2012-2013); HOUSE Biennial (2015 - 2017); Brighton Photo Fringe (2016) and most recently with Photoworks for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards (2017-18) and the eighth edition of Brighton Photo Biennial (2018).
Daniel Moorey - Head of photography and illustration - Adam & Eve/DDB
Daniel commissions still and moving images and is currently Head of Photography and Illustration at adamandeveDDB. He works across all channels including digital, ambient, events, press, posters, instagram etc. He works in all mediums from photography, illustration and CG to live action, projection mapping and matte painting. In his previous life he was Head of Artbuying at DDB London for 8 years and Artbuyer at AMVBBDO for 10 years. He has been involved in some of the best work coming out of London in the last decade for clients including Harvey Nichols, Guinness, Sainsbury’s, Economist, Heal’s, Dulux, BBC, Guardian, VW and the FT. He has judged numerous awards including D&AD, GoSee, Campaign Photo, PDN New York, AOP, Rangefinder, YCN, AOI.
Elena Viale - Magazine Editor, Vice Italy
I have worked as an editor at Vice since 2011, mainly for the magazine. In the meanwhile I've produced shoots, written for Real Time and Robinson, and for TV and web series. In Milan I organise a music night, Hotel Mediterraneo; and have a column on packed lunches on Munchies. But lately, one of my day-to-day missions is to find young photographers to commission for branded projects.
Ellis Jones - Editor In-Chief, Vice Magazine
Ellis Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of VICE magazine. She started as an intern at the company's New York headquarters in late 2008 and rose through the ranks, becoming the first female editor-in-chief of the magazine in September 2015. She now resides in London, where she continues that role.
Emily McBean - Associate Photo Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine
Emily has worked across 25 titles so far in Consumer magazines, newspaper supplements and commercial departments.
After Graduating in Photography at The London College of Printing, Emily worked for Milk Studios in NYC, Nick Knight for Show Studio - Emily, then dipped in to the film industry briefly to work for Michael Winterbottom, before choosing a career in publishing.
Currently, Emily is a picture editor at The Sunday Times Magazine. Some of the titles she has worked at previously, are as follows: The Telegraph, The Week, Timeout, Men's Health Magazine, Wired, FHM, Sport, as well as for some of the major publishing houses such as John Brown, Redwood, Seven..
Emily is passionate about discovering new talent, and very much looks forward to meeting many new and talented photographers.
Fiona Shields - Head of Photography, The Guardian
I have over twenty years' picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles and have been picture editor of the Guardian for the last nine, having recently taken up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group. Throughout my career I've been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time including the events surrounding 9/11 and the subsequent terror attacks in London and across Europe, conflicts around the world from Bosnia to Iraq and Afghanistan, the revolution of the Arab spring and the continuing violence in the middle east, large scale natural disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti, tsunamis in southern Asia, famine in Sub-Saharan Africa and the humanitarian crises resulting from the growing refugee numbers across the globe. Also a good few UK general elections and political change and upheaval worldwide.
In addition I've had the wonderful opportunity of delivering talks at photo festivals and to students of photojournalism and have enjoyed judging the Sony World Photography Awards, the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, the Renaissance Photography Prize to name a few. Last year I was a been a nominator for the Prix Pictet and joined the jury of The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. Most recently I took part in the juding panel for the Lensculture Exposure Awards.
Francesca Morosini - Senior Photo Editor, GQ and WIRED Italia
Francesca is a photo editor, journalist and documentary maker. Born in Pesaro she moved to Milan to live and work. In the early 90 she studied and graduated at the ICP in NYC. When Francesca moved back to Italy she started collaborating on documentaries and working with a range of clients as photo editor. In 2015 she worked as a digital photo editor with Matrix publishers and communication network Alice.it. In 2008 Francesca started working with Conde Nast as photo editor on Wired Italia, winning several international prizes including the SPD's Best Magazine of the Year. She is currently the senior photo editor of GQ and Wired Italia. Between 2018 and 2019 she curated the documentary photography of "The man of the trees", directed by Andrea Trivero and currently shortlisted in several international festivals. Francesca is also a dedicated activist for human rights, volunteering for Pacefuturo ngo looking after asylum seekers in Italy.
Francesca Seravalle - Independent Curator
Venetian, award-winning independent curator majored with a first class degree in Critic of Contemporary Art, she has studied in both Venice and Paris winning a University fellowship at Magnum Photos Paris’ archives. Over the past ten years she has worked as a producer for both exhibitions and books, supporting over sixty photographers including Koudelka and D’Agata. Francesca’s work is linked to the production of a number of projects for Magnum Photos, both in Paris and Milan. Her works as a curator, writer and researcher include Shining in absence book (AMC - Kessels); Mother Nature (RVB - Kessels); Dalston Anatomy by Lorenzo Vitturi book (SPBH) and shows in Europe (Foam Museum in Amsterdam, CNA Luxembourg, The Photographers’ Gallery in London, in Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and at IMA Gallery Tokyo); Alex & Me by James Pfaff book (Montanari) and solo show at the Street Level Photoworks Gallery during the Festival Glasgow International 2018 and the new book Alex & Me – Coda by James Pfaff (Montanari) 2018. Francesca, previously leader of the group of curators and archival researchers at Fabrica of the Benetton Group, she is Tutor for Fashion, Art and Cultural Context BA at Istituto Marangoni (Manchester Metropolitan University) School of Fashion in London; Tutor for the Photobook and SelfPublish BA course at London South Bank University. She supports artists and young creative in discovering their own style and in developing the concept and the layout of their book and exhibition. Her texts and curatorial works are published internationally by RVB, AMC, SPBH, Trolleybooks, Silvana Editrice, Montanari and Witty Kiwi.
In 2015 with the “Until Proven Otherwise / On the Evidence of the First Photos”, exhibited at Format Festival, she won the Paul Hill Exposure FORMAT15 Award. The exhibition became an Open Air Museum and an Urban Intervention firstly in Bari in 2015, invited by Planar and than at Puntasecca in 2016 for Gazebook Festival. In November 2016 the project was exhibited with a new installation at the Wroclaw Museum to celebrate the European Capital of Culture. The obsession of the First Time continues in her curatorial practice with the project Everything has its First Time where Francesca digs up many archetypes of our contemporary society and transforms archival materials into conceptual art. Her new works include the exhibition Quantum Pixel at Brighton Festival of Art in 2016, the video Secret Communication, The First Onscreen Woman Orgasm at London Photo Fair 2016, at Venice Film Festival 2016 and at Photo Saint Germain, Paris 2017; Fabrica x Aquagranda at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Gallery, Venice 2016; the video Women from Ca’ Pesaro commissioned and projected at Ca’ Pesaro, Museum of Modern Art of Venice, 2017 and at Venice Film Festival 2018. In September 2017 she was invited to do an audio performance for the collective POIUYT at UNSEEN Festival. In November 2018 she co-curated the exhibition representing the Venetian Heritage at SUZHOU DESIGN WEEK. She is actually working on “The Fist Photos – Polysemy of the primitive gesture” an archival and semiotic project. She currently lives between London and Venice.
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Jaki-Jo Hannah - Senior Art Buyer, A&E/DDB
I'm a Senior Art Producer and Senior Art Buyer with over 8 years experience in producing photography, illustration, film, art, model making, CGI and post production. Aussie by birth and British by residence, my career began after I won a D&AD New Blood Award for illustration. Since then, I've been featured in Campaign's Emerging Talent Portfolio and climbed the ranks at AMV BBDO in London, where I now serve as a Senior Art Producer. Whilst here I also had the opportunity to Art Produce for Irish International, Seven C3 and Creative Producer with AMV Live.
James Gerrard Jones - Managing Director, Wyatt-Clarke & Jones
James Gerrard-Jones is Managing Director at Wyatt-Clarke & Jones, an agency at the heart of the mainstream advertising establishment but specialising in introducing the work of non-advertising photographers (particularly documentary and fine-art photographers) to advertising clients. James has over 18 years’ experience working with commercial photography, both with his current agency and previously with photographic collections including National Geographic.
Jennifer Turner - Director and Managing Agent, WREN Artists
Jennifer Turner, Director & Managing Agent at Wren Artists, began her career in to artists management and representation at the age of 21. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2008, with a BA Hons in Photography (2:1), Jennifer started her first position at photographic agency, Siobhan Squire. During the 4 years at the agency, Jennifer was responsible for the agencies biggest accounts including Apple & VW, and managed productions globally for the launch of the new VW Beetle in Europe, Asia & the Americas.
Having built a solid base of experience working first off in an established agency, then moving in to a start-up company, and finally working ‘client side’, Jennifer left to build what is now Wren Agency. Bringing partner relationships from her previous positions, Wren Agency launched in 2015 with an impressive roster of leading photographers. The agency, now coming up to it’s 4th year, continues to grow with a roster of 8 artists, and is supported by a strong team of agents, producers and designers. Whilst building client relationships, Jennifer established the agency and photographers within the cultural world with exhibitions at The Photographers Gallery, Selfridges, and Great Eastern Wall Gallery (Village Underground, Shoreditch) leading to the opening of its sister company, Wren London. Wren London, is the most recent venture by Jennifer, opening it’s doors May 2018, a photographic gallery based in Old Street that continues to grows the Wren group.
Julie Thymann - Head fo Art, Mother
I have been working as an art buyer and producer for over 10 years, during which time I have commissioned high end photography, illustration, CGI, typography, retouching and design across a broad range of clients including Levi's, Lynx, Audi, Amex, World Gold Council, to name a few. My skill set includes creative/image researching, all aspects of shoot production and budget management. My knowledge, great contacts and strong relationships mean I am able to ensure that work is produced to the highest quality whatever the deadline or budget. I thrive on finding new talent and working with the best and most creatively exciting people. I have a great address book of photographers, illustrators and agents.
Sarah Pascoe - Art Buyer & Creative Producer, Ogilvy
Sarah has been an art-buyer for over 25 years, she started her career at JWT and since then has worked at several top london agencies, she was Head Art Buyer at DDB during which time it was the most awarded print agency, working on many of the famous print campaigns for VW, Heals, The guardian and Harvey Nichols.She joined BBH in 2005 as Head of Art Buying, working across many of the agencies clients including Barnado's F**k off campaign and the St John Ambulance Dead People. She became Head of Art Production in 2009 and prides herself with being part of a truly integrated production offering and nurturing some of the most creative Art Producers in the business.She has sat on numerous photographic and illustrative judging panels and has commissioned many of the leading image makers of our time, including giving several their first break into advertising.
She claims her best production so far is her son, Ezra!
Iona Fergusson - Independent Curator
Iona Fergusson is an independent curator, producer and creative director specialising in lens based work. She worked for 6 years as Photo Editor for Vogue India before returning to the UK to complete a Masters in the History and Critical Theory of Photography at Sotheby's Institute of Art. In 2015 she worked as Programme Director for the Delhi Photo Festival and is currently on the Creative Team for their next edition in 2018. Recent curatorial projects include in May 2017 the screening of The Lost Head & The Bird: an immersive multi-platform video by Indian artist Sohrab Hura at experimental festival Peckham 24 in London and in June the exhibition A Million Mutinies Later: India at 70 - part of an ongoing collaboration called Dreamtigers between Ffotogallery/Diffusion Festival Cardiff and Nazar Foundation in New Delhi. She is currently working on Girls! Girls! Girls! a collaboration with Creative Black Country, Multistory and Nazar Foundation, which has commissioned four female artists (2 Indian and 2 British) to create a compelling bodies of work linking women's stories from the Black Country and the Punjab.
Jo Borton - Creative Director, Above+Beyond
Joanna Borton is the Creative Services Director at Above + Beyond.She has been a creative producer for the last 15 years producing for a wide range of clients including Audi, Qatar Airlines, Benetton, Replay Jeans and Tesco.
Having returned from living and working in Amsterdam at 180Amsterdam for 4 years, she is bringing her exhaustive knowledge of photographers, illustrators and animators from across the globe to the UK.
Josh Lustig - Deputy Picture Editor, FT Magazine
Josh is the Deputy Picture Editor at the FT Weekend Magazine, and co-founder of the book publishing side of Tartaruga. Up until 2014 Josh was the Assignments Editor at Panos Pictures.
Caroline Hunter - Photo Editor, The Guardian Weekend Magazine
Caroline Hunter is picture editor for The Guardian Weekend magazine, the award-winning Saturday supplement to the Guardian newspaper. She regularly commissions photography from around the world from celebrity and portraiture to documentary and conceptual photography.
After studying fashion journalism, photography and a BA (hons) degree in English Literature, Caroline began her career at GQ magazine. She has worked at the Telegraph magazine as a picture researcher and at Emap publications and Time Out London as a picture editor. She has over fifteen years experience of commissioning and reviewing photographers’ proposals for feature stories. She has lectured on documentary photography to undergraduates and is regularly invited to review portfolios at international festivals (Arles, Photo Espana, Contact Festival Toronto, Athens Photo festival and Photolux festival in Lucca). She has worked as a freelance photo producer. Caroline has also acted as a judge for a number of photography competitions including LensCulture’s Street Photography competition, PDN’s annual photo awards, Ojodepez Award for Human Values and Amnesty International Youth Awards.
Dewi Lewis - Dewi Lewis Publishing
Publisher and curator. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was awarded the Society’s inaugural RPS Award for Outstanding Service to Photography in 2009. In 2012, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation presented him with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography Publishing. Lewis has acted as a jury member for several major competitions and as a portfolio reviewer at international photography events including Fotofest and Review Santa Fe (both USA), Lodz Festival (Poland) and PHotoEspaña (Spain). He was a ‘Master’ for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclasses.Along with his own book, Publishing Photography (1992), he writes occasional texts on photography and has curated exhibitions including a survey show of the British magazine Picture Post for the 2010 Atri Festival.
Emily Graham - Magnum Photos
Emily Graham is the Cultural Commissions & Partnerships Manager at Magnum Photos, where she manages Magnum’s UK exhibitions, cultural commissions, and special projects. She is also a freelance creative consultant and curator.
Emily studied photography at the University of Brighton, and worked previously as an editor and producer, working with a variety of individual artists and institutions on creative projects, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the international NGO WaterAid, and artists Corinne Day and Maurice Broomfield.
She is co-founder and director of Night Contact, a multimedia and photography festival. Supporting and promoting contemporary image making, Night Contact aims to bring together innovative photographic works that provoke or engage in conversations with other media, such as film, music and literature.
Francesca Genovese - Gallery Founder & Director, Francesca Maffeo
Francesca Genovese’s background is as a contemporary photographic artist and a lecturer in photography. She has managed photography departments in Further and Higher Education since 1999, and received her PGCE from the Institute of Education in 2000. In 2003, Francesca was awarded her MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster.
Having spent over fifteen years developing photography programmes, Francesca is dedicated to providing opportunities for a wider audience to learn about and enjoy photography within a gallery setting. She is also passionate about mentoring the photographers she works with, supporting them in their artistic careers.
Harry Hardie - Publisher, Here Press
Harry has been working in photography for over 10 years, starting as the assistant to the director of photography at The Times, then as the photo editor for The Times Luxx Magazine. After The Times, Harry worked as director of HOST Gallery, London before founding Here Press, a company that publishes books of photography that explore new forms of documentary practice. Harry is also director of cultural projects for Panos Pictures and has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary photography.
Kate Brunt - Picture & Studio Director, Hodder & Stoughton
Kate is the Picture & Studio Director at the London based book publisher Hodder & Stoughton, part of the Hachette group. At Hodder for 12 years, Kate was previously the Picture Editor at Penguin and has been commissioning photography, picture researching and producing shoots in book publishing for nearly 20 years.
Regularly commissioning portraits, food and lifestyle, Kate also commissions shoots and researches images for the covers of a wide range of titles from literary fiction to crime thrillers.
Hannah Watson - Publisher, Trolley Books & TJ Boulting
Hannah Watson is the Director of Trolley Books and contemporary art gallery TJ Boulting. Established in 2001, Trolley Books publish a diverse range of titles presenting unique stories in photography, photojournalism and contemporary art. In particular Trolley has championed the work of many photographers often publishing their first book, including those of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Paolo Pellegrin, Alex Majoli, Stanley Greene, Nina Berman, Robin Maddock and Alixandra Fazzina. This year Trolley were chosen to be the inaugural co-publishers with The Photographers’ Gallery for their Bar Tur Book Award, for a graduate or recent graduate’s first book, which was won by Angus Fraser and his project on Santa Muerte. In 2005 Trolley Books received a special commendation from the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for its outstanding contribution to photography book publishing. Hannah Watson joined Trolley in 2005 and continues the legacy of its founder Gigi Giannuzzi, who died at the end of 2012. The gallery TJ Boulting was founded when they relocated to new premises in Riding House Street, Fitzrovia in 2011. TJ Boulting’s programme supports and represents emerging contemporary artists in all mediums, and currently hosts the BJP IPA award, which was won last year by Dominic Hawgood.
Vivienne Gamble - Gallery Owner, Seen Fifteen
Vivienne Gamble is Founder and Director of Seen Fifteen, a new space in Peckham dedicated to artists working within the expanded field of photography, video and installation art. In 2016 Vivienne co-founded Peckham 24, a 24 hour festival of contemporary photography which takes place across a variety of Peckham galleries and art spaces during Photo London.
Johanna Neurath - Book Publishing,Thames & Hudson
A bibliophile and image junkie, Johanna has worked in art, design, photography and illustrated non-fiction book publishing for more than 30 years as a picture editor, award-winning book and jacket designer, Art Director and Commissioning Editor.Currently Design Director at Thames & Hudson, she’s also Commissioning Editor and/or Creative Director on new photo books by Tim Walker, the V&A Museum and Magnum Photos. Recently published titles include Photographers Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Made in Dublin by Eamonn Doyle.She can be most helpful providing advice about international book publishing or with a design eye helping photographers in editing and sequencing work for portfolios/book projects.When not making books (or helping others to do the same) she is an active member of the photography community; a portfolio reviewer at various international photography festivals including Arles Rencontres, Fotofest Houston and Fotografiska’s Stockholm Photography week. For Photofusion Gallery, London, she devised and led the practical workshop “Editing, Sequencing and Bookmaking for Photographers”. She has been a judge for the D&AD Next Photographer Awards, the BJP International Photography Awards and this year is the President of the Jury for the D&AD Awards for Book Design. She is a member of the World Photography Academy and was one of the honorary jury for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. In 2015 Hoxton Mini-Press published “Columbia Road” the results of her own Sunday Street Photography, in their East London Photography book series.
Rachel Wickham - Producer and Partner, BBH
Rachel Wickham is production lead and partner at BBH London. She has over 20 years of experience in art buying and production, having commissioned a large range of campaigns for various notable clients, such as Tesco, Audi, Christie's, Barclays, Lynx, and many more. She has shot with some of the world's leading photographers such as Emma Summerton for Dulux, and Miles Aldridge for Baileys. She has led a number of exhibitions and charity fundraisers, notably the 'She Lights Up the Night' exhibition and auction in aid of Refuge charity, where various illustrators were commissioned to create one off pieces - such as leather jackets decorated by Hattie Stewart.
Lucy Conticello - Photo Editor M Le Monde
In 2011 Lucy joined M, the newly redesigned weekend magazine of Le Monde as the Director of Photography coordinating a staff of photo editors in charge of all the editorial assignments (portraits and features) for the magazine. She established the overall photo assigning budget, negotiated contracts as well as usage rights and thanks to her extensive contacts within the photo industry, is in charge of finding the right person for the job and translating the editor’s ideas to the photographers hired. Lucy works closely with the Creative Director, design team and editors to ensure an environment of creative collaboration.
Lucy has also served on juries worldwide, most recently at the Foam Paul Huf award, the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, the Prix Levallois , the Prix Virginia and the Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi. She has taken part in portfolio reviews (Fotografia Europea, Festival Cortona on the Move, PHotoEspana.) ; has guest curated an issue in Ojodepez and conducted photography workshops at the ISFCI in Rome. She is a nominator for several photography awards as the Foam Paul Huf award.
Lucy has been assigning photographers for several years now; what she loves most is the creative process of pairing photographers with stories, researching and brainstorming ideas and seeing how these pictures end up defining the articles.
Millie Yoxen - Photo Producer, Object & Animal
Millie spent seven years as art buyer & producer at many advertising agencies such as Mother, BBH & Saatchi & Saatchi. She has now taken on the role of Head of Photo at creative studio Object & Animal, where she collaborates with photographers, directors & creative directors to create a mixture of content, from commercial to socially conscious work. In her new role Millie is constantly looking for new talent to collaborate with and inspiring new ways of making & producing photo.
Nina Raingold - Picture Editor, Save The Children
Nina Raingold is Picture Editor at Save The Children, where she commissions both creative and documentary photography on a daily basis. She works on projects with both world-renowned and promising up-and-coming photographers. Through her work she is able to explore her passion for image-based storytelling, to produce and art direct creative shoots and and to find innovative ways of illustrating humanitarian issues. Nina has been a Picture Editor for over 13 years. Previously, she has worked on the news desk, supplements and magazines for The Times and The Sunday Times, and at Getty Images. She is particularly interested in fresh approaches to documentary photography; photos that break the mould visually whilst telling new and unique stories.
Rachel Brown - Photography Director, Hareper's Bazaar / Town & Country
Rachel Louise Brown is the Photography Director of Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country (UK editions) commissioning, producing and directing photographic content across both magazines. She has previously worked as a production coordinator for Steven Klein, a freelance picture editor at British Vogue, the studio manager of British fashion photographer, Tim Walker and has taught photography and critical thinking at the School of Visual Arts (NYC), Abadir (Sicily), International School of Creative Arts and the Prince’s Drawing School (London). Alongside this Brown is a fine art photographer whose artistic relationship to the world is one of a curious, anthropological nature. Fascinated by the way in which fantasy, myth and expectation are woven into the construction of reality, Brown makes responsive work based on her interactions with the unfamiliar. She graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011 with an MA Photography, following a year long critical certificate in photography at the School of Visual Arts (NYC) and a BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication. Brown has participated in artist residencies and exhibited internationally.
Rodrigo Orrantia - Art Historian and Curator
Rodrigo Orrantia is an art historian and curator, specialising in photography.Since graduating with an MA in Contemporary and Historical Photography from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, he has worked on projects for major museums in the UK, along with art fairs and festivals in UK, Europe and Latin America. Orrantia is a regular speaker at Universities in the UK and France, and a reviewer at international photography festivals. He recently won the Format Habitat Award for Modern Ornithologies, an exhibition of photobooks on birds. In 2015 he was awarded Exceptional Talent in the Arts status by Arts Council England for work in the arts, specifically for curating and producing collaborative projects to connect local communities with international artists.Orrantia is currently researching connections between photography, geography and place, with an interest in nature and its relationship with the urban/manmade/artificial environment.
Russ O’Connell - Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine
Russ O’Connell is the Picture Editor of the prestigious Sunday Times Magazine.
He has worked as a Photographic Editor and Director for some of the biggest consumer publications in the UK market, from fashion titles, to entertainment and music magazines. Working alongside some of the biggest photographers in the world, both in the UK and abroad, he regularly commissions assignments ranging from high-end celebrity portraiture, to in-depth reportage and long form documentary photography.
Russ been a judge on numerous high profile photographic competitions, for the likes of The Sony World Photography Awards, Nikon, BJP International Photographer Award, The Royal Photographic Society awards, The Saatchi Gallery,Amnesty International Media awards, the Ian Parry Scholarship, and he is on the judging panel of the Landscape Photographer of The Year.
Simon Bainbridge - Editor, BJP
Simon Bainbridge is a London-based writer, editor and curator specialising in photography. For the past 12 years he has served as editor of the monthly British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photo magazine, established in 1854, along with its digital editions.
In 2010 he co-curated Paper, Rock, Scissors: The Constructed Image in New British Photography at Toronto’s Flash Forward festival. And in 2011 he curated Time & Motion Studies: New Documentary Photography Beyond the Decisive Moment at Hereford Photography Festival. He has been a judge or nominator for numerous awards, including the Deutsche Börse Prize, Prix Pictet and Hasselblad Award, and he has worked with education institutions including The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and École cantonale d'art de Lausanne.
Zelda Cheatle - Gallery Owner and Curator
Gallery owner, director and publisher. She has been nominator of Prix Pictet, Deutsche Borse, judge of various bursaries, grants and book award Krazna Krauzse. Zelda Cheatle Gallery opened in 1989, after 9 formative years at the Photographers Gallery, and completed 16 years of exhibiting in London and internationally. She now continues to work with 20th century and contemporary photography and have projects with 21st century photography both digital and analogue, to include archives, monographs and video.
Shoair Mavlian - Director, Photoworks
Shoair Mavlian is director of Photoworks and is responsible for curating the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial. She was formerly assistant curator, photography and international art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), 'The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection' (2016), 'Conflict, Time, Photography' (2014), 'Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions' (2014) and 'Harry Callahan' (2013). While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017), 'Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon' (2017), 'Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen' (2016), 'Close Up: Identity and the Photographic Portrait' (2015), 'Charlotte Posenenske and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg' (2014), 'Lewis Baltz and Minimalism' (2012), and 'New Documentary Forms' (2011). Recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition 'Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge' (Les Rencontres d'Arles, 2016) and 'In flux' (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017). Shoair has a background in fine art photography practice and the history of photography focusing on the twentieth century. She has a strong interest in photography relating to conflict and memory, Central and Latin American photography and emerging contemporary practice. Recent publications include ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and International Art’ and 'The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection'.
Karen McQuaid - Curator, The Photographers Gallery
Karen McQuaid is Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery where she has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi London (2012); Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014) and Rosângela Rennó, Río-Mondevideo (2015).
Karen has also curated exhibitions at The Moscow House of Photography and The National Gallery of Kosovo. She regularly contributes texts and edits artists’ books, writes for international photography publications and institutions, and guest lectures across the UK.